Our Story

Our story, like most, has taken us to places we never dreamed and produced a passion to bring the best wherever we go.

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Serving the best coffee to the Wet Mountain Valley and beyond…

Peregrine Coffee Roasters began in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2016, where our family served a small coffee roaster and became like family with the locals. We learned first hand that we can make a difference in people’s lives through coffee. Now, Peregrine makes its nest in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado seeking to source and roast the best coffee while still making this same difference stateside and overseas.

Meet the Team…

Meet the Team…

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Our Promise to You

Before the coffee even makes it into your cup, we believe the process is important. Here is what you can count on at Peregrine.

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Strict Sourcing

Amazing coffees picked with scrutiny.

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Direct Trade

We, or someone we trust has visited the farms we source from.

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Precision Roasting

Meticulous, devoted attention given to the nuance of every coffee.

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Dependable

Count on our coffees to consistently “wow” you.

The Journey to Roasting Incredible Coffees

After perusing the specialty coffee industry for many years and coming away disappointed with many roasters’ products, I knew that I did not want to become a specialty roaster by name alone—I wanted a product that consistently wowed someone. I desired something that my customers could trust every time. I therefore pursued Scott Rao, author of Coffee Roasters Companion, and underwent several consultations to learn what makes or breaks a roaster. This was a game changer. We started small on my little 5lb roaster, and have just recently graduated to a San Fransiscan 10lb roaster. We cup often to ensure our coffees aren’t missing the mark and are very proud of what we offer. Our journey of learning will continue, but at Peregrine, we have done the hard work to ensure that our coffee is above the status quo and can compete with the big-name roasters you are familiar with.

The Journey to Roasting Incredible Coffees

After perusing the specialty coffee industry for many years and coming away disappointed with many roasters’ products, I knew that I did not want to become a specialty roaster by name alone—I wanted a product that consistently wowed someone. I desired something that my customers could trust every time. I therefore pursued Scott Rao, author of Coffee Roasters Companion, and underwent several consultations to learn what makes or breaks a roaster. This was a game changer. We started small on my little 5lb roaster, and have just recently graduated to a San Fransiscan 10lb roaster. We cup often to ensure our coffees aren’t missing the mark and are very proud of what we offer. Our journey of learning will continue, but at Peregrine, we have done the hard work to ensure that our coffee is above the status quo and can compete with the big-name roasters you are familiar with.

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Stephen
Owner & Head Roaster
Stephen

Stephen, like many coffee roasters, started in coffee at Starbucks. His journey started in 2002, with a fascination of coffee that led him to become a black apron/coffee master in their promotional coffee knowledge-based programs. He left in 2006 and found specialty coffee in Kansas City, Missouri. Learning pour-over methods and taking in iconic roasters at the time, he grew in his passion for the product and saw what coffee could be. Beginning in 2015, Stephen spent 1.5 years living in Nepal on mission, managing a small roastery, teaching others about specialty coffee and worked with farmers to learn what goes into coffee bean production behind the scenes. In early 2017, Stephen launched Crestone Coffee Company—an all family-run business in Westcliffe, Colorado—seeking to find his place within the industry as a roaster and coffee lover. This morphed into Peregrine Coffee Roasters, which stands today as an operation of multiple team members who share his passion for coffee and overseas missions. Stephen lives in Westcliffe with his wife and four children. 

Arrott
Roasting Manager & Quality Control
Arrott

Arrott was born in Houston and raised in College Station, Texas. A graduate of Texas A&M University, he double-majored in Renewable Natural Resources and Forestry. During his college career, he sought out creative ways to save money—including living in a garage without A/C or insulation (his 7 roommates claimed the good rooms). This same passion for saving money contributed a path that led to eventually roasting his own coffee at home rather than paying a cup at time at the local college café. However, it was that worthwhile experience at Harvest Coffee Bar that got his foot in the door with specialty coffee. In 2017, he began his own home-roasting business, “Dirt Pour Coffee Company, LLC” which he owned and operated for 3 years. During the course of those 3 years, Arrott learned how much he had to learn–in 1lb batches at a time. Ultimately, his passion for roasting was sparked on a screened-in porch in Aggieland. There, Dirt Pour Coffee was, at first, nothing more than extra income for a full-time student. Now, calling the Wet Mountain Valley their home, Arrott and his wife Naomi are doing what they love with the people they love all “unto the Lord”.

One of the primary reasons Arrott fell in love with specialty coffee was for its ability to create organic relationship. In John chapter 21, Jesus returns to His disciples from Heaven and one of the first things he says is “Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord”. It is Arrott’s belief that relationship is built over shared experience. He would like to believe Jesus would minister with breakfast meet-ups, one cup of coffee at a time if He were physically here today. Coffee represents a great shared experience. It is an absolute joy of Arrott’s to contribute to morning routines in homes across America. His hope is that the passion he holds for roasting translates to every single cup of coffee you make and that those cups contribute to meaningful dialogue, relationship, and memories.

Conner
Managing Barista
Conner

Conner got his start in coffee after he tasted his first specialty cup back in 2015. Since he had his first craft cup, he strived to find the best local shops everywhere he traveled.

This familiar endeavor quickly turned into a love of Conner’s. . . so much that he decided to leave his job at the time to take the plunge into craft coffee. Since 2017, he has been striving to better his craft alongside the people in his community.

He’d be quick to tell you, his introduction wasn’t even in a specialty shop, as he actually worked at a drive-thru. Using his fundamentals he attained there, he was later able to work with a well-renowned shop in Dallas, TX. It was here that he truly came into his own with coffee. Come visit Conner and talk about his favorite subject any time he’s in. He thoroughly enjoys nerd-ing out over coffee and discussing the impact it has from the farmer to the barista. Conner loves craft coffee, but one of his favorite things about coffee is that it presents a way of getting to know people one cup at a time. 

Heidi
Shop Mom & Syrup Magician
Heidi

Heidi Selden was born in Cincinnati, Ohio but grew up overseas, in Bogota, Colombia and Madrid, Spain. She returned to the United States and attended the University of New Mexico as a nursing student and heptathlete, finishing her nursing degree in Colorado after meeting her husband Dean. Together they have worked at Uplift Mountain, a family run retreat center/adventure camp for the last 30 years. Heidi’s roles there include cook, housekeeper, bookkeeper, and camp nurse. She and Dean also ministered together at Valley Bible Fellowship Church in Westcliffe as Dean filled the role of youth pastor and then senior Pastor for many years. Heidi chose to stay home and raise their four beautiful children who are now all grown and married.

When it seemed a good time to launch back into community, Heidi decided to try her hand at being a barista. Stephen Holmes graciously gave her that opportunity. Though still somewhat of a rookie in the coffee world, Heidi loves her work at Peregrine and has found a niche making the syrups and concentrates from scratch for the specialty drinks served there.

When asked about her role at Peregrine, she often says: “I’m just a helper and friend”, but her coworkers have affectionately nicknamed her “shop mom”; a title she is glad to assume, as her heart overflows with love and tenderness toward those she works with there and those she feels it is a privilege to serve.

Melanie
Barista and Blogger
Melanie

Melanie was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and is a graduate of Samford University with a major in Religion and a minor in Theatre.

After college, she completed Sky Ranch Fellowship, which is where she met her husband, Joshua. They fell in love with the Valley and the people here. So, a year after finishing their fellowship, they decided to move back.

During the year in-between, Melanie worked at a specialty coffee shop while she finished her Master’s degree. Between her coffee job and her home barista career, she fell in love with the craft of specialty coffee and was thrilled when Stephen asked her to join the team.

Her friends would say that she is a jack-of-all-trades as she juggles multiple jobs (and hobbies) here in the Valley. Adding Peregrine to her list was an exciting marriage of her passion for coffee and overseas missions.

Stephen
Owner & Head Roaster
Stephen

Stephen, like many coffee roasters, started in coffee at Starbucks. His journey started in 2002, with a fascination of coffee that led him to become a black apron/coffee master in their promotional coffee knowledge-based programs. He left in 2006 and found specialty coffee in Kansas City, Missouri. Learning pour-over methods and taking in iconic roasters at the time, he grew in his passion for the product and saw what coffee could be. Beginning in 2015, Stephen spent 1.5 years living in Nepal on mission, managing a small roastery, teaching others about specialty coffee and worked with farmers to learn what goes into coffee bean production behind the scenes. In early 2017, Stephen launched Crestone Coffee Company—an all family-run business in Westcliffe, Colorado—seeking to find his place within the industry as a roaster and coffee lover. This morphed into Peregrine Coffee Roasters, which stands today as an operation of multiple team members who share his passion for coffee and overseas missions. Stephen lives in Westcliffe with his wife and four children. 

Arrott
Roasting Manager & Quality Control
Arrott

Arrott was born in Houston and raised in College Station, Texas. A graduate of Texas A&M University, he double-majored in Renewable Natural Resources and Forestry. During his college career, he sought out creative ways to save money—including living in a garage without A/C or insulation (his 7 roommates claimed the good rooms). This same passion for saving money contributed a path that led to eventually roasting his own coffee at home rather than paying a cup at time at the local college café. However, it was that worthwhile experience at Harvest Coffee Bar that got his foot in the door with specialty coffee. In 2017, he began his own home-roasting business, “Dirt Pour Coffee Company, LLC” which he owned and operated for 3 years. During the course of those 3 years, Arrott learned how much he had to learn–in 1lb batches at a time. Ultimately, his passion for roasting was sparked on a screened-in porch in Aggieland. There, Dirt Pour Coffee was, at first, nothing more than extra income for a full-time student. Now, calling the Wet Mountain Valley their home, Arrott and his wife Naomi are doing what they love with the people they love all “unto the Lord”.

One of the primary reasons Arrott fell in love with specialty coffee was for its ability to create organic relationship. In John chapter 21, Jesus returns to His disciples from Heaven and one of the first things he says is “Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord”. It is Arrott’s belief that relationship is built over shared experience. He would like to believe Jesus would minister with breakfast meet-ups, one cup of coffee at a time if He were physically here today. Coffee represents a great shared experience. It is an absolute joy of Arrott’s to contribute to morning routines in homes across America. His hope is that the passion he holds for roasting translates to every single cup of coffee you make and that those cups contribute to meaningful dialogue, relationship, and memories.

Conner
Managing Barista
Conner

Conner got his start in coffee after he tasted his first specialty cup back in 2015. Since he had his first craft cup, he strived to find the best local shops everywhere he traveled.

This familiar endeavor quickly turned into a love of Conner’s. . . so much that he decided to leave his job at the time to take the plunge into craft coffee. Since 2017, he has been striving to better his craft alongside the people in his community.

He’d be quick to tell you, his introduction wasn’t even in a specialty shop, as he actually worked at a drive-thru. Using his fundamentals he attained there, he was later able to work with a well-renowned shop in Dallas, TX. It was here that he truly came into his own with coffee. Come visit Conner and talk about his favorite subject any time he’s in. He thoroughly enjoys nerd-ing out over coffee and discussing the impact it has from the farmer to the barista. Conner loves craft coffee, but one of his favorite things about coffee is that it presents a way of getting to know people one cup at a time. 

Heidi
Shop Mom & Syrup Magician
Heidi

Heidi Selden was born in Cincinnati, Ohio but grew up overseas, in Bogota, Colombia and Madrid, Spain. She returned to the United States and attended the University of New Mexico as a nursing student and heptathlete, finishing her nursing degree in Colorado after meeting her husband Dean. Together they have worked at Uplift Mountain, a family run retreat center/adventure camp for the last 30 years. Heidi’s roles there include cook, housekeeper, bookkeeper, and camp nurse. She and Dean also ministered together at Valley Bible Fellowship Church in Westcliffe as Dean filled the role of youth pastor and then senior Pastor for many years. Heidi chose to stay home and raise their four beautiful children who are now all grown and married.

When it seemed a good time to launch back into community, Heidi decided to try her hand at being a barista. Stephen Holmes graciously gave her that opportunity. Though still somewhat of a rookie in the coffee world, Heidi loves her work at Peregrine and has found a niche making the syrups and concentrates from scratch for the specialty drinks served there.

When asked about her role at Peregrine, she often says: “I’m just a helper and friend”, but her coworkers have affectionately nicknamed her “shop mom”; a title she is glad to assume, as her heart overflows with love and tenderness toward those she works with there and those she feels it is a privilege to serve.

Melanie
Barista and Blogger
Melanie

Melanie was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and is a graduate of Samford University with a major in Religion and a minor in Theatre.

After college, she completed Sky Ranch Fellowship, which is where she met her husband, Joshua. They fell in love with the Valley and the people here. So, a year after finishing their fellowship, they decided to move back.

During the year in-between, Melanie worked at a specialty coffee shop while she finished her Master’s degree. Between her coffee job and her home barista career, she fell in love with the craft of specialty coffee and was thrilled when Stephen asked her to join the team.

Her friends would say that she is a jack-of-all-trades as she juggles multiple jobs (and hobbies) here in the Valley. Adding Peregrine to her list was an exciting marriage of her passion for coffee and overseas missions.